Books

Which I've probably told you about whether you are interested or not... You are welcome to borrow any. I have many in Kindle format now too.

Tell me about any you guess I would like! steve.haigh (at) yahoo.co.uk. Download an early version of the list in Excel [here]

Author
Title
Summary
Steve Rating
Genre
Paper or audio
Ben Goldacre Bad Science Nonsense in medicine 5. Compulsary reading
Science
Paper
Richard Dawkins The God Delusion Nonsense in religion 5. Compulsary reading
Science
Both
Joe Simpson Touching the void Mountaineering disaster 5. Compulsary reading
True Story
Paper
Andy McNab Bravo Two zero SAS mission disaster 5. Compulsary reading
True Story
Paper
Bill Bryson A short history of nearly everything Amusing and edcuational 5. Compulsary reading
Science
Both
Bill Bryson Notes from a big country Hilarious short stories 5. Compulsary reading
True Story
Both
John Gribbin Almost everybodies guide to science Science for beginners 5. Compulsary reading
Science
Audio
Andrew Moore Bandoliers little book of assessing the medical evidence How to sort the wheat from the chaff in medical literature 5. Compulsary reading
Work
Paper
Edzard Ernst & Simon Singh Trick or Treatment The evidence behind alternative medicine 5. Compulsary reading
Science
Paper
Dan Arily Predictably Irrational How our decisions are influenced and often not rational 5. Compulsory reading
Science
Both
Christopher Hitchens God is not great Nonsense in religion 4. Very good
Science
Both
Thomas Childers World War II - Military & Social History The full story 4. Very good
History
Audio
Carl Sagan The Demon haunted world - Science as a candle in the dark Seminal work on logical thinking 4. Very good
Science
Both
Carl Sagan Pale blue dot The tinyness of earth and the human race 4. Very good
Science
Audio
Derren Brown Tricks of the mind Review of all his techniques 4. Very good
Science
Both
George Orwell Animal Farm Classic fiction on corrupt leadership 4. Very good
Fiction
Audio
David Allen Getting things done How to be efficient at work 4. Very good
Work
Audio
Richard Dawkins The Greatest Show on Earth - The Evidence for Evolution How we know it's true 4. Very good
Science
Audio
Richard Feynman Surely you're joking Mr Feynman Anecdotes from Feynmans life 4. Very good
Science
Both
Richard Feynman What do you care what other people think? Anecdotes from Feynmans life 4. Very good
Science
Both
Levitt and Dubner

Freakonomics

How events are influenced by things you dont expect 4. Very good
Science
Audio
Sam Harris The End of Faith Why belief in things without evidence is not good 4. Very good
Science
Both
Sam Harris Letter to a Christian Nation Follow up to The End of Faith addressing critics 4. Very good
Science
Both
Stephen Hawking The Universe in a Nutshell Summary of the universe for beginners 4. Very good
Science
Audio
Jeffrey Liker The Toyota Way How to be efficient at work (Lean thinking) 4. Very good
Work
Audio
Tim Harford The Undercover Economist All about money 4. Very good
Science
Audio

Tony Hawks

Round Ireland with a Fridge Funny account of a crazy hitch-hiking holiday 4. Very good
True Story
Both
Ian Rowland The full facts book of cold reading How psychics fool people 4. Very good
Science
Paper
John Diamond Snake Oil How alternative treatment sharks pray on the gullible 4. Very good
Science
Paper
Richard Branson Losing my virginity His life story 4. Very good
Autobiography
Paper
Jeremy Clarkson The World According to Clarkson Amusing ramblings 4. Very good
Random
Paper
Martin Gardner My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles brain teasers 4. Very good
Science
Paper
James Randi Psychic Investigator Book to accompany TV series 4. Very good
Science
Paper
Phil Wiffen Evidence based Pharmacy How to sort the wheat from the chaff in medical literature 4. Very good
Work
Paper
Richard Dawkins A Devils Chaplin Collection of Dawkins essays 4. Very good
Science
Paper
Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code Entertaining story book 4. Very good
Fiction
Paper
Chris Ryan The one that got away From the Bravo Two Zero SAS disaster mission 4. Very good
True Story
Paper

James Trefil

The edge of the unknown Ten questions science hasn't yet answered 3. Worth reading
Science
Paper
John O'Farrell An Utterly Impartial History of Britain Amusing 3. Worth reading
History
Audio
Sherry Sontag Blind Man's Bluff The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage 3. Worth reading
History
Audio
Carl Sagan Life in the universe Discussion about the probabilities 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
David Attenborough Life on air His life story 3. Worth reading
Autobiography
Audio
Edward Larson Evolution - The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory Easy overview 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Thomas Macauley History of England Easy overview 3. Worth reading
History
Audio
John Krakauer Into thin air The story of the day the most people died on Everest 3. Worth reading
True Story
Paper
Martin Rees Just six numbers The numbers which govern how the universe works 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Richard Dawkins River out of Eden Overview of evolution 3. Worth reading
Science
Both
Richard Dawkins The Ancestors Tale A journey backwards through time showing how we evolved 3. Worth reading
Science
Both
James Gleick Genius (Feynman) Feynman's biography 3. Worth reading
Autobiography
Both
Simon Singh Fermat's Last Theorem History of solving the most difficult Mathematical problem ever 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Stephen Fry The Fry Chronicles Later years 3. Worth reading
Autobiography
Audio
Stephen Fry Moab is my washpot Earlier years 3. Worth reading
Autobiography
Audio
Stephen Hawking A Briefer History of Time Easier reading version A Brief History of Time 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Joe Simpson This Game of Ghosts Many other traumas suffered by Joe Simpson (Touching the Void) 3. Worth reading
Autobiography
Paper
Walter Alvarez T-Rex and The Crater of Doom History of the dinosaurs getting wiped out 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Deborah Cadbury The Dinosaur Hunters History of finding dinosaur fossils 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Timothy Ferris The Red Limit The search for the edge of the universe 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Timothy Ferris The Whole Shebang All about the universe 3. Worth reading
Science
Audio
Richard Feynman The pleasure of finding things out Anecdotes from Feynmans life 3. Worth reading
Science
Paper
Marcia Angell The Truth about Drug Companies And how evil they are 3. Worth reading
Science
Paper
Michael Shermer Why people believe in weird things The crazy things people believe in and why 3. Worth reading
Science
Paper
Michael Brooks 13 things that don’t make sense 12 science mysteries 0. Yet to be solved 3. Worth reading
Science
Paper
John Wiseman The SAS survival Handbook How to survice when your plane crashes on a deserted island 3. Worth reading
Science
Paper
Michael Palin Pole to Pole North to south pole overland adventure 3. Worth reading
True Story
Paper
Frank Skinner Autobiography Comedian 3. Worth reading
Autobiography
Paper
Daniel Moerman Medicine, Meaning and the placebo effect All about the placebo effect 3. Worth reading
Work
Paper
Andrew Smith Moon dust The story of the 12 men who stood on the moon 3. Worth reading
True Story
Paper
Brian Greene

The fabric of the cosmos

The physics of the universe. Fairly hard core and causes intellectual vertigo. 2. OK
Science
Audio
Albert Einstein Relativity Text book 2. OK
Science
Audio
Bertrand Russell Religion and Science Cant remember! 2. OK
Science
Audio
Bill Bryson A walk in the woods Slightly amusing Relatively unexciting story of a really long walk 2. OK
True Story
Both
Bill Bryson Down under Slightly amusing Relatively unexciting story of travelling through australia 2. OK
True Story
Both
Bill Bryson Notes from a small Island Slightly amusing Relatively unexciting story of travelling through australia 2. OK
True Story
Both
Bill Bryson Shakespere Slightly amusing and edcuational 2. OK
History
Both
Bill Bryson The Thunderbolt kid Slightly amusing story of his childhood 2. OK
Autobiography
Both
Carl Sagan Contact thoughtful fiction 2. OK
Fiction
Audio
George Orwell 1984 Classic fiction on pervasive government surveillance, and incessant public mind control 2. OK
Fiction
Audio
John Krakauer Into the wild A chap who tries to live off nature but eats something poisonous 2. OK
True Story
Audio
Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene Seminal work of evolution - hard reading 2. OK
Science
Both
Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time Hard reading explanation of time 2. OK
Science
Both
Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius World War One Full history 2. OK
History
Audio
Mark Steele What's going on? Amusing ramblings 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Bill Bryson Neither here nor there Cant remember! 2. OK
True Story
Paper
Nassim Taleb Fooled by randomness How randomness fools people 2. OK
Science
Paper
Brian Cox Why does E=MC2 Fairly hard reading, but followable 2. OK
Science
Paper
Robert Persig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Classic philosophical work on quality and values  2. OK
Random
Both
Pamela Stephenson Billy Comedian 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Bob Monkhouse Crying with Laughter TV comedian 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Chris Bonnington I chose to Climb Mountaineer 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Chris Moyles The Gospel according to Radio 1 DJ 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Jeremy Guscott At the Centre Rugby player 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Martin Johnson Autobiography Rugby player 2. OK
Autobiography
Paper
Tim Albert Write Effectively How to write well 2. OK
Work
Paper
Bill Bryson Mother Tongue History of the English language 1. Only if you are keen
History
Both
Richard Dawkins The Extended Phenotype Very hard reading, explaining the far reaching effect of genes 1. Only if you are keen
Science
Both
Stephen Hawking Black Holes and Baby Universes Follow up to A Brief History of Time to make your head hurt even more 1. Only if you are keen
Science
Audio
Carl Foggarty Foggy Motorcyclist 1. Only if you are keen
Autobiography
Paper
Peter McAlese No mean soldier Nutcase hardman ex SAS turned mercenary 1. Only if you are keen
Autobiography
Paper
John Diamond C - Because cowards get cancer His fight against Throat cancer 0. Yet to read
Autobiography
Paper
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Death by Black hole 0. Yet to read
Science
Paper
Nassim Taleb The black swan 0. Yet to read
Science
Both
Frank Gardner Far horizons 0. Yet to read
Autobiography
Paper
Dara O'Briain Tickling the English 0. Yet to read
Autobiography
Paper
Stuart Sutherland Irrationality 0. Yet to read
Science
Paper
Garry Schofeld Tries the Limit Rugby player 0. Yet to read
Autobiography
Paper
Richard Wiseman 59 seconds 0. Yet to read
Science
Audio
Jack Dee Thanks for nothing 0. Yet to read
Autobiography
Paper